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Valley Spirit: December 21, 1864

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Description of Page: Classified ads, columns 1-4

Address: To the Democratic Citizens of Pennsylvania
(Column 5)
Summary: The Democratic State Central Committee Chairman outlines various fraudulent activities that gave the Republicans the victory in the November election.
Trailer: C. L. Ward, Chairman
How to Keep a Cow
(Column 7)
Summary: Offers suggestions for raising a cow economically by growing a garden.

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Description of Page: Reports of troop movement in Georgia and Tennessee, columns 5-6; classified ads, column 7

Great Enterprises
(Column 1)
Summary: Urges the president to take the blame for his failures in addition to taking credit for his successes, as he has recently done.
Democracy and the Union
(Column 2)
Summary: Emphasizes that the Democrats are the ones who truly want the Union restored. Accuses the secessionists and the Lincoln administration of being "equally hostile" to the Union.
Presidential Election--Official
(Column 3)
Summary: Publishes the official vote tallies from each Pennsylvania county in the November election. In Franklin County, McClellan received a total of 3821, while Lincoln received 3862. In the entire state, Democrats received 276,308 votes, while Republicans received 296,389.
The Church and Politics
(Column 4)
Summary: Argues that ministers do not belong in political affairs.
Origin of Article: German Reformed Messenger

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Description of Page: Classified ads, column 4-7

Important to the Public
(Column 1)
Summary: Provides suggestions for raising the numbers necessary for the next national draft. Urges readers, for instance, to form enrollment committees in each township that can compile names of eligible men.
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Urges ministers to keep the Valley Spirit informed of marriages and deaths over which they officiate.
The Pennsylvania Imperial Oil Company
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that the Pennsylvania Imperial Oil Company is one of the "most substantially organized" oil companies in the market, and its stocks are guaranteed to pay dividends. Any interested subscribers should contact one of the above men.
(Names in announcement: A. J. McClure, [?] Stoner, [?] McLellan, Francis Kimmell, George R. Messersmith, J. McDowell Sharpe, George W. Brewer, D. O. Gehr, John Stewart, T. J. Nill, William S. Everett, William G. Reed)
Children's Aid Societies
(Column 3)
Summary: Acknowledges that children's aid societies grow out of philanthropic motives, but suggests that great "evils" result from their operation, namely the introduction of juvenile "delinquents" to a community.
Military Court
(Column 3)
Summary: Criticizes a military court for exonerating Lieut. Underhill in the shooting death of a soldier in a Chambersburg ale house.
(Names in announcement: Lieut. Underhill)
Income Taxes
(Column 3)
Summary: Informs readers that a recent act of Congress established that there will be a five percent tax on all real estate beginning in April 1865.
New Counterfeits
(Column 3)
Summary: Reports that the Bank of Chambersburg spotted new counterfeits in the form of one dollar bills that had been altered to appear like ten dollar bills.
(Column 3)
Summary: Requests that the ladies of this place send in refreshments to help provide Christmas dinner to the soldiers in the Chambersburg Hospital.
(Column 4)
Summary: Rev. S. J. Niccols married W. B. Gilmore and Alcesta Lull last Thursday morning.
(Names in announcement: Rev. S. J. Niccols, W. B. Gilmore, Alcesta Lull)
(Column 4)
Summary: Nicholas Line died on December 16 at age 55.
(Names in announcement: Nicholas Line)
Notice to Sportsmen
(Column 4)
Summary: Warns that any person found shooting game or otherwise trespassing on the properties of the above men will be "dealt with according to law."
(Names in announcement: Samuel Miller, Christian Diehl, Rudolph Shetter, W. H. H. Betz, David Sheller, Ephraim Burkeholder, Samuel Ledy, John K. Snively, David W. Small, Henry S. Miller, John J. Millerof G., Abraham Lesher, W. J. Maxwell, Samuel Frederick, Jacob Myers, George W. Miller, Michael Doush, Jacob Sniderof G., Michael Hege, John Myers, Christian Miller, Jacob Bender, Daniel Grove, William C. McKnight, George Smith, Jacob Etter, L. B. Small, Samuel Etter, David Witherspoon, Francis Warner, Cruthers Witherspoon, William F. Smith)

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Description of Page: Classified ads, columns 1-7